We take the cemetery’s word for it that this is a separate John Munhall from the one memorialized right behind this Gothic monument, but we reserve some private doubts. The cemetery site says this: “John Munhall was a landowner in West Mifflin Township in the late 19th century and a borough there was named after him; the stone with the inset angel is his. Margaret, Hetty, and another John are under the Gothic canopy tomb, unique in the Cemetery.” But Hetty and Margaret are definitely mentioned on the angel monument, as you can see in the picture Father Pitt has provided for you. On the other hand, it is hard to understand why John Munhall would require two expensive memorials. At any rate, this is a fine piece of Gothic stonework, but old Pa Pitt thinks it’s a bit of a shame that it had to be placed right in front of that splendid angel.
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[…] exceptionally beautiful monument obscured by another John Munhall’s ostentatious Gothic tomb right in front of it. The angel brings a palm and wreath to the Munhalls’ Romanesque grotto […]
John Munhall had a son, John R by his second wife Maggie ( Margaret).John’s will indicated that he was to be buried with his two wives on either side of him. The Cunninghams, Hesther’s kin (Hetty/ Hattie) stones were to be on the SE and his children’s stones were to be on the NW.
Love your photos of John Munhall’s plot! They are soul filling, especially as my husband is of his lineage. May I use them in a find-a-grave entry? I can promise to send you interesting details of the family in return,